by Harper Fan, thunderbay.indymedia.org
Friday, Jun. 06, 2003 at 1:35 PM
A Call to action to bring an issue to light.
What is Stephen Harper, Leader of the Official Opposition and the Alliance Party of Canada doing at a super-secret elite meeting of the Western world’s central bankers, defense experts, press barons, royalty, prime ministers, international financiers, , industrialists and government officials?
Over the weekend of May 15th -18th, the annual gathering of the Bilderberg group was held at the Trianon Hotel, near Versailles, France. High level plutocrats gathered away from the public eye to discuss matters of global economic, financial and geopolitical strategy and policy. The Indymedia Norway site published an official attendance list, originally obtained by Tony Gosling of http://www.bilderberg.org from Richard Vadon, a BBC radio 4 correspondent who is doing a documentary of the event due out in July. Solan Gunderson of the Norwegian Indymedia site has actively covered the Bilderberg Meeting, and published the guestlist there: http://www.indymedia.no/news/2003/05/10326.php Until recently, the only coverage of the meeting was done by James Tucker of American Free Press, and Gunderson has published his article at http://www.indymedia.no/news/2003/05/10176.php The only Canadian coverage of these meetings was done by John Deverell, a business write for the Toronto Star in 1996.
“Bilderberg takes its name from the Bilderberg Hotel in Oosterbeek, Holland, where the first meeting took place in May 1954. That pioneering meeting grew out of the concern expressed by many leading citizens on both sides of the Atlantic that Western Europe and North America were not working together as closely as they should on matters of critical importance. It was felt that regular, off-the-record discussions would help create a better understanding of the complex forces and major trends affecting Western nations in the difficult post-war period “Source: http://www.nexusmagazine.com/Bilderbergers.html
The 2003 guest list includes names such as David Rockefeller, Richard Perle, Klaus Schwab (World Economic Forum), Henry Kissinger, the King and Queen of Spain, Paul Wolfowitz and a host of other bankers, corporate heads and royalty. Some Canadians in attendance included Conrad Black, Mark Steyn (National Post) Heather Reisman (Chapters-Indigo), Anthony Fell (RBC Dominion Securities) and Stephen Harper, Leader of the Opposition. Other past Canadian participants, as shown in the guestlists posted at http://www.bilderberg.org, have included Ralph Klein, Paul Martin, Preston Manning and Jean Chretien.
Pepe Escobar’s article for the Asia Times http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Middle_East/EE22Ak03.html highlights several important points concerning the elite group. Specifically, they do not invite leaders from Latin America, the Middle East or Asia. The Bilderberg meetings are a king-making process, as Tony Blair and Bill Clinton showed themselves at the annual meetings in the years leading up to their elections. Escobar also suggests that the Bilderberg meeting is where the G8 agenda is formulated; hence, the G8 is turned merely into a rubber-stamping mechanism for policy formed by individuals meeting in the capacities of private persons. If this is the case, then protestors are railing against a dead duck.
Several Canadians who have attended in the past include Ralph Klein, Preston Manning, Paul Martin and Jean Chretien. Klein’s attendance was reported in the May 29, 1995 issue of the Report http://www.bilderberg.org/cocktail.htm [One can only speculate that Harper’s appearance has been due in part to his pro-war stance, a reward from Conrad Black or other Neo-conservatives in Washington.]
These meetings are suffering an absolute blackout in the Canadian presses, as the editors of the Globe and Mail, National post and CanWest all have affiliations with this secretive group. Part of the problem is that, in order to gain admission to the club, one has to pledge secrecy.
Most Canadians have never heard of the Bilderberg group, let alone realize the significance of Mr. Harper’s attendance at the meeting. For a good background reading, please see http://www.nexusmagazine.com/Bilderbergers.html Perhaps the global elite have their bets placed on a sharp ‘right’ turn in the upcoming federal election.
[I might add a few historical notes about the origins of the Bilderberg meeting in 1952 under the visionary leadership of Joseph Retinger who with Prince Bernard of the Netherlands, wbose vision was to great a supernational powerful organization to unite the world in peace. Except that the group has no form of accountability to the people of their respective nations.
Finally, several questions are worth note:
- Did Mr. Harper attend the meeting in the Capacity of a private individual or a public person?
- Who paid for his trip?
- How does his hobnobbing with the elite and neo-conservatives like Richard Perle square with his grassroots support base?
- If past Bilderberg meetings have made “kings” of Bill Clinton and Tony Blair, what are the expectations are the plans of the Bilderbergers for Steven Harper?
- How will the Bilderberg agenda impact his policy making?
- Does Mr Harper want Canada’s political agenda to be set by Canadians, or by the global plutocrats?
Please call your local MP and have the address this issue publicly.